With podcasts being all the rage at the moment, I asked myself whether there were any that would be useful to any of our readers; those navigating their complex working lives or looking for new opportunities. While there's not a wealth of them out there, some of them will get you in the mood to be your most productive self, or ace that presentation like nobody's business, and here are some of the very best:
Creative Women International
Narrated by Philiy Page, Creative Women International spends 20 minutes a week delving into a topic that affects creative individuals who are either working for themselves or someone else. She often talks from personal experience, and has her own perspective and brings in guests with specific experience to motivate and inspire you. Some of her topics include How to successfully pivot your business idea, How to successfully sell your creative work, Creating a community to help your career and You are braver than you think you are.
I love Squiggly Careers, hosted by Sarah and Helen, as the two of them work well together bouncing ideas off one another. They've clearly had successful working lives and want to use their wisdom to give back to others, and they are also very personable and friendly. Unlike other podcasts, they tackle some traditional topics such as How to write a brilliant CV, How to be great at interviews and How to be brilliant in a new job and also look at more on-trend topics such as How to be a productivity ninja, Building your personal brand and How to be a growth mindset manager.
The Broad Experience
The Broad Experience offers you commute-length episodes with story-like qualities more in line with the popular podcast affair. They are engaging and explorative episodes, and include a lot of less talked about topics, such as working through menopause, being a military spouse, sexual harassment in the workplace, putting your ambitions on hold and working with Asperger's.
Hailed as The advice show for workplace dilemmas, each episode of Dear HBR revolves around letters sent in by listeners about their workplace struggles. Themes for each episode vary from job-hopping, remote working, toxic workplaces and working mothers, and the veteran HBR editors Alison Beard and Dan McGinn try to solve the dilemmas along with expert guests and academic research. Without a doubt there will be an episode you've thought was created just for you and every week is relatable in some way.
You might have already heard of Adam Grant, an organisational psychologist at The Wharton School, and if you've already enjoyed his work this podcast is not going to disappoint. Brought to you by TED, WorkLife takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work-life. The podcast is really well researched and edited, and he interviews some great guests such as Arianna Huffington, Michael Lewis, Dan Pink and Malcolm Gladwell.